All five of my kids are down with the flu this week. Thankfully we had our flu shots so they've only been down for two or three days with a mild fever and cough.

I am currently living in fear of becoming the next victim of the "plague". I hit google to see if there was anything other than handwashing and holding my breath when my kids are near, that I could do to help increase my chances of staying healthy.

It turns out that there are plenty of old school remedies that have recently been proven to be effective by science.

Here are five ways that Wyomingites can fight the flu.

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

The benefits of this one are threefold. First, the steam from the hot soup can help open up clogged airways. Second, the garlic used in most recipes (like my favorite one here) has been proven to help boost your immune system and reduce flu symptoms. Last but not least, it's emotionally comforting and soothing to sit and sip on a cup of hot soup made by a loved one.

2. Eat Foods Rich in Vitamin C

While there are many Vitamin C supplements, the healthiest way to get some Vitamin C in your system is to eat or drink juice from foods rich in the immune-boosting vitamin. Oranges and Orange juice can not only provide you with Vitamin C but help you stay hydrated too, and Kiwis are also high in Vitamin C!

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3. Drink Homemade Tea

An easily made "tea" created with hot water, fresh lemon juice, and honey will soothe sore throats, help reduce coughing and can boost your immune system. If your stomach is upset, add a bit of ginger to help calm it.

4. Essential Oils

Use of Essential Oils has grown astronomically in the last few years. There are infinite combinations of various oils that can be used to ease your symptoms.

5. Sleep

The best way to ensure you stay healthy is to make sure you are getting enough rest. It has been proven that a solid 6-8 hours of rest each evening reduces inflammation and improve the bodies ability to repair itself.

What home remedies do you use?

NOTE: I am not a doctor, merely an on-air personality and mother of 5.